Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress

Zuckerberg also disclosed what many political observers had assumed: Facebook is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence upon the 2016 presidential election. While the internet trolled Zuckerberg for using a booster seat and his meme-able, grade-school bowl haircut, Facebook's stocks had their best day in two years, with a 4.5 percent surge after weeks of decline. "These are intelligence gathering companies that are self-branding as social media". A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of USA senators on Tuesday and at times looked like he'd rather be anywhere else.

"I'm committed to getting this right", he said when asked why lawmakers and the American public should trust Facebook to police itself.

"We would not proactively do that", Zuckerberg said. The data collection was allowed by Facebook at the time.

Separately, the company began alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica.

Hatch went on to ask Zuckerberg what type of legislative changes, aimed at preventing any future versions of the Cambridge Analytica data mishandling, he'd be comfortable with. "How is today's apology different?"

Zuckerberg responded with a flat "no", and called it a "conspiracy theory".

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg will appear before Congress to discuss the data controversy.

"The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal is another example in a long list where companies have failed to protect the online privacy of their users", Copps said Tuesday.

During Tuesday's hearing, 44 senators will each have four minutes to question the embattled face of Facebook. "Tell them you want it written in English and not in Swahili". Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce panel, along with other senators. He tried to get Zuckerberg to commit to endorsing the legislation, but Zuckerberg didn't take the bait.

During his opening remarks, Zuckerberg stressed the company's "idealistic and optimistic" ethos, geared towards connecting people. "And this is actually a concern that I have and that I try to root out in the company - is making sure that we don't have any bias in the work that we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would wonder about".

"You have a real opportunity this afternoon to lead the industry and demonstrate a meaningful commitment to protecting individual privacy", Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein told Zuckerberg at the rare joint committee hearing, to be followed by a similar hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. "We're now doing a better job of identifying fake accounts, especially in the French elections" that took place in 2017.

At the hearing, Zuckerberg said, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake". And I'm sorry. I started Facebook. In Facebook's statement in response to the report, it echoed Mark Zuckerberg's sentiment that Facebook complies with law enforcement when it provides legal documentation, and insisted that it rigorously investigates these requests before complying. "I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

The Facebook CEO said after the United States 2016 election, Facebook's top priority was to protect the integrity of other elections around the world.

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